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Sunday, November 12, 2006

It’s been quite a week

It’s been quite a week, and I’m deliriously happy. Despite what Karl Rove said, it turns out the pollsters were right on the money, and the Demos took both House & Senate, and for good measure, were awarded Rumsfeld’s head on a platter. I’m not sure what could have gone better, honestly. So a group of folks (they are not all men) who’ve spent the last 8 years yelling inside a vacuum suddenly have the reins. Take John Conyers, who regularly sends me notes about impeaching the president, like this:

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March 13, 2006

Is There a Case for Impeachment?

I appeared last week at a Harper’s Magazine forum which addressed the conduct of the Bush Administration and whether it has committed crimes that rise to the level of impeachment. A crowd of 1,500 enthusiastically heard from several experts and me as we discussed the tyranny of a President acting to commit a fraud against the United States.


Become a Citizen Cosponsor. I have introduced House Resolution 635 to create a special committee to investigate whether the president's misconduct rises to the level of impeachment. 29 Members of Congress have already joined me as cosponsors. Lend your support. Help build momentum to enact this legislation by joining the more than 42,000 concerned Americans who have already signed on as Citizen Cosponsors

Watch the Harper’s forum. You can watch “Is There a Case for Impeachment?” online.

Read the Report. Read the Constitution in Crisis, A 182-page report with over 1,000 footnotes covering the entire spectrum of deception, manipulation, torture, retribution and cover-ups by the Bush Administration.

Write a Letter to the Editor. Visit this link to write a letter to the editor in support of House Resolution 635.

Thank you for working to help build a better democracy.

Sincerely,
John Conyers

www.johnconyers.com

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He’s not just some fringe wacko they can ignore now. He’s the next Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Isn’t that sublime?

I have this little fantasy going: W. is sitting in front of some Senate committee, whispering something into his lawyer’s ear. Sen. Clinton demands, “Mr. President, please answer the question!” The Yale Cowboy looks around the room for help. Sen. Obama wags his finger and says something like “Really, Mr. President, your conduct in this matter is at the least disgraceful and at the most, frankly, treason.” The president looks back and forth at implacable faces of the committee and breaks down and shrieks. “But Rummy told me it was all gonna be OK!” Then Sen. Kennedy says, “Sir! collect your dignity, sir!”

Ahhhhhhhh.

Well, I can dream, can’t I? Of course, I don’t expect the satisfaction of seeing Bush actually impeached (the Demos are perhaps wisely more interested in showing the electorate they can pass laws), but it’s not entirely out of the question. At the very least, they can hold hearings and get to the bottom of a few things, like:


-Manipulation of pre-war intelligence.
-Outing an undercover CIA operative.
-The granting of no bid contracts.
-Widespread corruption in Iraq reconstruction.
-Mysterious energy policy meetings.
-Presidential election irregularties.
-New Orleans flood decision making.
-Ties to Jack Abramoff.
-Government Cronyism.
-Releasing nuclear secrets on the web.
-Abuse of Power.
-Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, et al.
-Unwarranted wiretapping.
-The unethical use of presidential signing statements.
-Etc.


…At least assuming the president didn’t get any blowjobs at work. I mean, you gotta have priorities, right?

Honestly, I don’t know if I think actually passing laws would in fact be a better use of the Demos’ time. It seems to me establishing accountability and oversight over the executive is the most important function of Congress, given that we’ve it has overseen the creation of a vastly more powerful emper..uh…president.

I have been warned not to get my hopes up too high, and I’ll take that under advisement. But isn’t the world of possibilities right now SWEET?

“Mr. Vice President, is it your testimony that you were unaware of the $30,000,000 deposit made by Bechtel’s Bahamian subsidiary into your personal oversees account?”

“When, precisely, were you made aware that the Ohio voting machines would in fact be tampered with during the election, Mr. Rove?”

“And according to information from the White House mail log, you received a box of Omaha Steaks from Jack Abramoff prior to the signing of the budget in each of the last 6 years Is that correct?

Ahhhhh. I'll sleep better now.

Yup. It’s been quite a week.

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